MANILA – Police has seized over 28,000 pieces of assorted fake Louis Vuitton products worth P214-million during a raid at a mall in Binondo, Manila.

Raided were stalls located at 168 Shopping Mall on Sta. Elena St., Binondo, Manila. Elements of the National Bureau of Investigation also searched warehouses located in Choy Building of King’s Plaza on Juan Luna St. in Tondo.

The raids stemmed from the complaint lodged by Mayank Vald, Brand Director of Asia Pacific Louis Vuitton Malletter, S.A.

Armed with search warrants issued by Judge Antonio Eugenio Jr. of the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 24, the raiding teams belonging to the NBI Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD) carried out their operations last February 24.

In the post-operation report of Special Investigator Glenn Lacaran, the operations resulted in the confiscation of 28,295 pieces of LV bags, hand bags, pouches, leather case, shoulder bag and other accessories pegged at P214,758,061.

Prior to the raids, NBI operatives conducted surveillance operations and test buy before they swooped down on the stalls.

The owners and operators of the raided stalls and warehouses are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 8293, known as Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines. (ECV/Sunnex)